Congress becomes gender-neutral

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jan 9 20:04:37 UTC 2009

At 1/9/2009 01:34 PM, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
>Didn't see any coverage of this on the language sites yet....
>Jesse Sheidlower

The US House of Representatives has long and honourable precedent for
the use of "chair" in the sense of "presiding officer".  It has
nearly as long a history (9.b., 1658-9) as "chairman" (1.a.,
1654).  "Chairwoman" is a bit later (1699).  See OED.


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